Job Posting: Arts / Cultural Programs Coordinator

Job Posting: Arts / Cultural Programs Coordinator

Arts/Cultural Programs Coordinator Job Posting 

Is working in the Yukon First Nations arts and culture sector part of your career vision? Does working in teams, learning and leading together, excite you? Consider a career with the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Art/Cultural Programs Coordinator is responsible for arts and cultural events, exhibitions, training programs and development activities of the Association in conjunction with the entire team, supporting all programs, services and events of YFNCT. The Art/Cultural Programs Coordinator will lead in the implementation of the YFNCT arts brand tactical plan. A significant role of this position will be to assist with the planning, coordination and delivery of the Adäka Cultural Festival, a significant annual summer celebration.

EMPLOYMENT: Full-time (37.5 hrs/week), 2 year term with the possibility of extension. Salary range is $24 - $34/hour and will commensurate with experience. Information pertaining to terms of employment, benefits and compensation, probationary periods, etc. can be requested from the Executive Director of YFNCT. Every employee will be supported through orientation and training for their role and will complete a full-day Yukon First Nations Cultural Competency course offered through the Yukon College or another service provider.

The successful candidate:
  • Is passionate about visual and traditional arts, artist training and market development;
  • Can co-produce key events of the organization including Adäka Cultural Festival and others;
  • Understands Indigenous arts/cultural networks in Yukon, Canada and business/market/export-ready standards;
  • Is organized, strategic and efficient in their work;
  • Is motivated to be a part of an incredible arts, culture and tourism story; and
  • Is ready to lead, learn and work together with a growing team on important projects.

The Art/Cultural Programs Coordinator  is responsible for:
Strategy and Promotion:
  • Leading the implementation of a YFN Arts Brand program;
  • Assisting in the implementation of the Strategic plan under the YFNCT umbrella, in partnership with key agencies, networks, and the arts and culture sector in Yukon; and
  • Participating in relevant industry forums, conferences and trade shows.
  • Assisting with the planning, coordination and delivery Adäka Cultural Festival including logistics, planning, management and implementation and including the supervision and guidance to key summer students and program interns;
  • Leading the planning and coordination of exhibitions and pop-up galleries for events, consumer and trade shows, conferences and special events in coordination with the team; and
  • Assisting with the planning, coordination and delivery of industry forums and events (e.g. Bead, Hide & Fur Symposium)
Artist Programs:
  • Developing and providing resources, links and materials related to visual and performing arts as they contribute to membership programming and/or training and development opportunities;
  • Leading arts training programs as identified in YFNCT strategic priorities, targeting learners from emerging to mature artists and entrepreneurs.
  • Participating in organizational research and studies related to the arts and cultural sector, development including best practices, opportunities for programming or funding, partnerships, networks, events and other sales or gallery opportunities, etc.;
  • Contributing to application development to various program funding sources, supporting visual arts and traditional crafts, and organizational opportunities, etc.;
  • Providing program development and support to the team; and
Other related administrative duties in support of a successful team, program and organization.

The Art/Cultural Programs Coordinator:
  • Is knowledgeable about First Nations visual arts and traditional craft;
  • Has proven experience in supporting visual arts and traditional craft development and programming;
  • Is experienced working in a curatorial, retail or gallery setting;
  • Understands how to develop or guide learning content for artistic, skill and business development related to visual arts and traditional craft;
  • Has excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; and
  • Is proficient in the use of current office productivity software i.e.: Microsoft Office suite of products.

  • 2-5+ years in the arts or cultural sector; And/Or
  • Education and training in the fields of Fine Arts, Arts Administration, Cultural Resource Management, Museum, Heritage or Anthropology studies, etc.;
  • Excellent understanding of the Yukon arts and cultural sector; and
  • Previous experience working with artists, galleries, cultural centres, events and the like.

  • YFN Knowledge of history and culture, Final Agreements and traditional territories
  • Valid drivers license – if not, willing and able to obtain.
*Preferential hiring practices will be honoured.
** All applications will be held for a period of 6 months from date of submission in the event that additional opportunities should arise.

With job offer, JD would be signed off by the candidate together with the ED or HR lead

Submit resume and cover letter by email or mail to: Charlene Alexander, Executive Director 1-1109 Front Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5G4
Deadline for Application: 4PM September 5, 2019

The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) is a non-profit, stakeholder-based organization that is committed to growing and promoting vibrant and sustainable arts/culture and tourism sectors.  Our vision is for arts and culture to unify and strengthen Yukon First Nations communities creating pride, renowned artists, and inspiring experiences that attract visitors from around the world.